Phillies Use Eighth Pick for Adam Haseley in the 2017 MLB Draft

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Adam Haseley

Since 2001, Rabbi Jonathan Z. Maltzman has served the congregation of Kol Shalom in Rockville, Maryland. Outside of the synagogue, Jonathan Z. Maltzman maintains a love for collegiate and professional sports. He particularly enjoys watching games of Philadelphia teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies.

With the eighth overall pick in the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, the Phillies selected 21-year-old Adam Haseley from the University of Virginia. The 6-foot-1-inch, 195-pound Haseley was an exceptional outfielder and pitcher during three seasons of play with the UV Cavaliers. As a pitcher, he maintained a 9-3 record and an impressive 1.73 ERA in 2016, but he most likely will be a position player for the Phillies.

In 2017, Haseley boasted a .390 batting average, hitting 14 homers and 56 RBIs. He also shows discipline at the plate and speed around the bases, which can turn walks and base hits into runs. In Philadelphia, Haseley will join other young prospects including J.C. Crawford and Mickey Moniak, who was the number-one overall pick in last year’s MLB draft.

Playing Tennis is Beneficial to the Cardiovascular System

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Rabbi Jonathan Z. Maltzman is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his bachelor of arts in Near Eastern studies. He later pursued his masters and was ordained a rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. At present, he serves as the rabbi at Kol Shalom in Rockville, Maryland. During his spare time, Jonathan Z. Maltzman enjoys playing many sports, including tennis.

Many people consider tennis to be merely a form of recreation. However, playing tennis can bring about significant benefits to the human body, and especially to the cardiovascular system.

The quick movements required in playing the sport increase heart rate, which allows the blood to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to the muscles. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a single tennis match requires vigorous effort that can increase the heart rate up to 70-85%. Regular playing of the sport also helps in the development of capillaries in the muscles, which results in a greater supply and flow of blood.

An Overview of the Kick Serve and Slice Serve in Tennis

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Rabbi Jonathan Z. Maltzman has served at Kol Shalom in Rockville, Maryland, since 2002. He has more than 36 years of rabbinical experience, including years of international service. When he is not leading Kol Shalom or engaging in social welfare projects, Rabbi Jonathan Z. Maltzman stays active by playing tennis.

In the sport of tennis, there are a variety of different serves players can use. While young or inexperienced players may be tempted to hit serves with as much force as possible, it can be beneficial to learn about the different spins that can be applied to a serve. Spin serves are more commonly used as safer, second service options, but players may use them at any point in a match to throw off an opponent’s returning rhythm.

The kick serve is one of the more well-known types of spin serve. Powered primarily of top spin, kick serves land in an opponent’s service box and, as the name suggests, quickly kick up into the air. An effectively struck kick serve not only forces opponents to make a high, awkward point of contact, but bounces into the body, jamming the opponent and resulting in an ever weaker return.

The slice serve is another type of spin serve that can be used to surprise opponents. Slice serves draw on side spin to force returners into disadvantageous positions. A right-handed player hitting a slice serve into the deuce court, for example, can drag an opponent beyond the doubles alley to hit a return, leaving virtually the entire court wide open. When serving to the ad court, meanwhile, the slice serve provides effective misdirection, appearing as a wide serve before sliding to the middle of the service box. Left-handed servers enjoy the same benefits in the opposite courts.